DavidDavid Lee

My name is David but my online nick almost everywhere is Altabear. I'm a web developer, graphic artist and outspoken human rights (and by extension, mens rights) advocate. Married to my gorgeous husband for 7 years, together for 20 and living in beautiful Edmonton, Canada.

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Flip-Flop Brian Jean

Looks like he’s flip-flopping again – omly instead of farm workers protection this time it’s on outing students who join a GSA to their parents. He just said it’s a bad thing but now it seems he’s (You got it) flip-flopped. Calgary Sun article: http://www.calgarysun.com/2017/04/04/wildrose-leader-brian-jean-says-notifying-parents-their-kid-is-in-a-gsa-is-sometimes-a-good-thing Bookmark It Hide Sites
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History of the Rainbow Flag

Gilbert Baker, an openly gay activist born in 1951, grew up in a small Kansas town, and went on to serve in the US army for about two years in 1970. After an honorable discharge, Gilbert taught himself to sew. In 1974, Baker met Harvey Milk, an influential gay leader, who three years later challenged
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the leap manifesto

the leap manifesto “A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another” It’s time to take action on climate change and on making Canada more like what it COULD be, vs what the right wing / corporations would LIKE it to stay – for the sake of money. How Did
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Flip-flop, Flip-Flop Brian Jean – opposing farm worker protection – he once supported

Brian Jean – opposing changes protecting farm workers – he once supported! Flip-flop, flip-flop… He’s been making a point of “opposing” the evil Bill 6 all over the media, and taking advantage of some rallies and protests. Interesting thing though, is that he was in favor of that coverage 8 months ago (before the NDP
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The Death of Edmonton’s Indie Music Scene?

On Thursday, November 12, 2015 a meeting hosted by the “Edmonton Arts Council” took place at the Armoury. One bittersweet note, is that in attendance were a lot of people from the local indie music community whose venues don’t exist anymore. Not sure if they were there to vent, or as part of a “hopeful” (if
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The Red Pill – Feminists don’t want you to see this movie

The KickStarter has successfully ended with the project being funded! Cassie Jaye spent many hours with many well known Men’s Rights Activists over almost 3 years, doing research on her film. She also interviewed many feminists – like Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation. Though she started her project as a feminist,
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Apple Released a New Product and Nobody Noticed

Apple’s new Silicone Case for the iPad mini 4 was released last week and nobody seemed to notice. Everyone was probably entranced by the “Hey Siri” event. It protects the back of your iPad mini 4 and is designed to pair seamlessly with the Smart Cover for full front-and-back coverage. For those with the iPad
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All Out Against Harper, by Adbusters

Wow – so it IS a fairly shocking image. We’ve historically known to sew a Canadian Flag on our backpacks and jackets etc. when travelling internationally. AdBusters has released a very to-the-point ad against Stephen Harper SO disturbing to me – to see someone spitting on the Canadian flag. This is the IndieGoGo campaign to
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The Problem with “Slut-walks”

Back in an ancient time called the 1980’s I had the privilege of being one of the founding members of “Northern Chaps” (then Edmonton’s Leather/Levi group) for gay and bi men. We’d get together on weekends, heading out for socializing at some of the gay bars that were around then. What do you think we’d
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Curious Lack of Story on Parade – CTV Morning

One of the things that I do when I notice something I feel is “wrong” is ask questions. That’s all. This is one of those occasions when this whole “discussion” shouldn’t even be happening.  It’s mostly just because of what I feel is an inappropriate response to a question I asked. This past weekend Edmonton’s
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iMedia 2015

I had the opportunity to go to the iMedia 2015 Conference (@iMEDIA_yeg) this past Saturday at Grant MacEwan.  It was an all-day event with keynote speakers and Breakout Sessions by some local Social Marketing pros.  There were 4 timeslots, so attendees had to choose their sessions.  (not my favorite way of doing it – as
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Russell Tovey in Banished

One of the actors I love watching is Russell Tovey, gay, out and pretty versatile (in terms of his roles that is). My husband and I watched him back in the Hetty Wainthrope mysteries, in Being Human (played a werewolf) and now of course he’s in Looking and is now cast in  Banished – an
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Ed Miliband Wants To Introduce Turing’s Law

Interesting news from England.  The leader of the labour party, and leader of the official opposition Ed Miliband has mentioned that – his party would push to introduce a law called “Turing’s Law” (named after Alan Turing) that would offer posthumous pardons for any gay men who were convicted under old “indecency” laws. In the
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Breakfast with the guys – bs

There’s an event happening here in Edmonton, Alberta Canada that is also apparently “all around the world”. Funny no mention of violence against men, or how MUCH there is (like 50 – 55% of ALL violence in opposite sex relationships). At any rate I thought you might like to know (though you may already be
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Stephen Fry’s iPhone 6 verdict-the most exquisite mobile ever made

As only the amazing Stephen Fry can say it: “Apple’s matchless design and innovation team has produced two ravishing devices…” ” I welcome, love, revere and adore Android, Windows and any other mobile operating system. The richer the market, the better for all. I’ve never thought anyone pretentious for owning a BlackBerry or an LG
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Glacier melt worldwide now caused mainly by humans

Interesting post on CBC.ca Excerpt: original story is here.   Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Star Trek Writer’s Response to a Bigot

Star Trek writer David Mack recently defended his own attempt to address diversity from a bigoted fan. The original story talks about his statement that “it’s important work…”. I’ve always valued the ethics of the Star Trek universe, and this just underlines why that vision of the future is a good one to aim for.
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Chris Miklos – Passes Away at 40

If you’re involved in the bear community at all, chances are you’ve seen photos and interviews with Chris Miklos. His “big, furry daddy bear” image was very sexy and he basically personified that image. However, when you looked in his eyes, you could see a fun, mischievous and playful spirit. He was a model for
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Eli the Computer Guy – HOTTIE and Tech Guru

Eli the Computer guy is a great online resource for learning about technology. He does a regular talk show called the “Daily Blob” and has probably talked about most any topic you’d be interested in – assuming you’re a geek like I am. One side benefit is that he’s a total bear and it’s fun
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The First Honest Cable Company

OK this was a very funny video I ran across on YouTube!  Hope Shaw is listening : ) Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – Active July 1, 2014

Here’s a good general overview of Canada’s new Anti-Spam legislation that’s coming into force on July 1st, 2014. Some good information for B2B Marketers. Generally, sending email can be risky for a business. It will take a while for the law to be more “established” and businesses to get familiar with it. Also, beware that
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Paul Elam Interviews Film Maker Cassie Jaye on The Red Pill

A Voice for Men’s Paul Elam interviews Cassie Jaye who is a filmmaker and is making The Red Pill – a movie that looks at the Men’s Rights Movement. She’s very well-spoken, and though was (like most of us) more indoctrinated with feminism, she has had her eyes opened while looking at the men’s rights
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Why engagement rings are a scam

A humorous (and informative) video by the very funny College Humor team about diamond engagement rings. Yes, among other things I AM a gemologist – but this is good information – though not particularly for the jewellery business.     Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Chef Jamie Oliver Proves McDonald’s Hamburgers “Unfit for Human Consumption”

OK this is gross! I guess we all knew that McDonald’s burgers weren’t the best quality in the world or anything, but this video from Chef Jamie Oliver is very eye-opening. Pink Slime? AAK! “Hamburger chef Jamie Oliver has won his long-fought battle against one of the largest fast food chains in the world –
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John Pinette Passed Away

John Pinette was hilarious! His humor was self-deprecating, but his delivery was sincere, and full of wonderment. Some of my favorite bits he did include the “Waterpark” jokes, and the “Gluten” ones. He was also known for his signature line, “I say, Nay-nay! ” that he typically used when describing his latest attempts at dieting,
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Chris Evans and Brother Scott Evans on Tonight Show

Scott Evans, the brother of hunky Captain America actor Chris Evans shares some funny stories on The Tonight Show. Chris said “As for gay marriage, it’s mindboggling and appalling that human beings are being denied civil rights in this country,” he said in a 2009 interview with The Advocate. “But time will heal all. I
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The Start Menu’s Coming Back!

OMG! They’ve seen the light! ish The Start Menu’s Coming Back! I think the new Microsoft CEO might be aware of what’s going on! It’s taken a while for them to take action against the nightmarish Windows 8 “Metro” interface, and though it may not be perfect, it’s a step in the right direction. original
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Game Of Thrones – Hodor – Actor Kristian Nairn Comes Out As Gay

Pretty exciting to hear that Kristian Nairn (the woofy actor who plays Hodor in Game of Thrones) has come out! He’s been out and proud for a while – but hadn’t really had a chance to talk about it until it came up in a March 11th interview. Obviously, he’d be very popular with the bear community, and
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Woman Caught Lying About Pregnancy on Radio

This is a bit of a crazy article. There are a lot of cases of women faking or lying about a pregnancy to get their man. In this case, she was recorded confessing and he went onto a radio show with her. An article by Dr. Tara J. Palmatier on Oct 31, 2013. “It’s day
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Panti Bliss and her amazing speech on homophobia

Over the weekend, an Irish drag queen called Panti Bliss (Rory O’Neill) made a very passionate speech about homophobia, just after a play finished at the Abbey theater in Ireland. According to an Irish publication called The Journal, the debate itself arose from a TV network’s retraction of comments that she made on the air
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NSA Spying via Angry Birds, Google Maps and others…

More Privacy-Related Stuff: The NSA and its British counterpart are tapping popular smartphone apps such as Angry Birds to peek into the tremendous amounts of very personal data those bits of software collect — including age, location, sex and even sexual preferences, according to new reports from the New York Times and The Guardian.  
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2014 is going to be an interesting year in I.T.

2014 is going to be an interesting year. Anyone who knows me has heard me rant on the many issues with privacy in I.T. “Cloud this” or “Patriot Act that” often punctuate my discussions with non-I.T. muggles about the situation involving some technology that they have either adopted, or are thinking of adopting. Beginning (in
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Join David Suzuki and Stand With the Dene Alliance

I have long been an opponent of the the Northern Gateway Pipeline, which could have devastating effects on the BC coast in case of a tanker spill and will further contribute to the environmental destruction here in Alberta. The pipeline has just come closer to being approved, by a recommendation from the environmental review panel,
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The Giant World-Ending Problem with Cloud

The Giant World-Ending Problem with Cloud We’ve certainly entered a very exciting time. One that has never been seen before – a time of such accelerated technological advances, that we can barely keep up with them. With technology growing so quickly, I believe that it’s far outpacing the social change that I think must grow
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Stop Big Telecoms from Taking Over Cell Biz in Canada

Large companies like Rogers and Telus are trying to take over smaller competition (and have in some cases) – which lessens choice for us in Canada – where our cell plans are ALREADY the most expensive on earth! Send a message to the minister – sign this petition: Bookmark It Hide Sites
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City of Edmonton makes a big BooBoo

Those of us who work in I.T. know that “Cloud” is the sexy new term on everyone’s lips. The number of 20 somethings that tell me “I’m storing my things in the cloud…” is amazing. “Cloud” just means “on a computer somewhere”.  One that’s accessible via the internet. The Huge, World-Changing Ramifications for Canadian Businesses
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WATCH The Moment of Victory in Maine

On November 6, Maine voters made history by becoming the first in the nation to legalize marriage equality at the ballot box. The moment Mainers United for Marriage campaign heard the news is captured in this emotional video. read more Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Fox Reporter Calls Maddow An Angry Young Man

An anchor for a Fox affiliate in Cincinnati, Ohio called lesbian MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow “such an angry young man”
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Ex-Gay Pastor Charged With Sexual Assault

A pastor in Minnesota has been charged with sexually assaulting two men he was counseling through an organization that seeks to change gay and lesbian people’s sexual orientation. read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Hot Sheet for November 9 2012

The top 10 entertainment highlights on our gaydar this week: Skyfall brings James Bond back, while artist Richard Renaldi brings us on vacation, and somehow we end up in a Shark Tank. read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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WATCH Tony Perkins Say Legal Gay Marriage Will Break This Nation Apart

Reacting to pro-equality victories following Tuesday’s election, head of the antigay Family Research Council Tony Perkins made some dire predictions for the future of America’s eternal soul. read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Obama Absolutely Delighted by Marriage Equality Victories

A senior advisor says the President is elated by votes legalizing marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, and Washington. read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Follow the Day in Gay America in Live Tweets and Instagrams

We want to see what happens in your lives from dawn to late at night all over America today. Submit photos via Twitter and Instragram using the hashtag #DayInGay (like all those folks below), or submit it using our online form. read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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LGBT Travel Market Biggest Ever

LGBT travelers remain a growing and lucrative market despite tough economic times, a new report says. read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Saving Trans Author Carter Sickels

Transgender author Carter Sickels is making waves in the literary community with his powerful storytelling that resists the temptation to make precious the hardships in rural Southern America. read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Pastor Says Churches Can Be As LGBT Accepting as The Ballot Box

A pastor sees the same progress that became evident on election night in his own church. read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Another Bad Date with Pierre and The Hot Dog

A star-crossed meeting at The Hot Dog club turns sour for writer read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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A Day in Gay America Upload

We want to see what happened in your lives from dawn to late at night all over America on Friday. read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Five Big Stories You Missed Because of the Election

Believe it or not, there was other news happening this week. read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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Voters in Two Kansas Cities Repeal Antidiscrimination Laws

Citizens in both Salina and Hutchinson voted to rescind the gay-inclusive ordinances their cities had adopted this year. read more Powered by WPeMatico Bookmark It Hide Sites
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